Games
[Event "Devon Div. 1 Bremridge Cup"] [Site "?"] [Date "2015.11.07"] [Round "?"] [White "Stephens, John KF"] [Black "Hui, M.."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C18"] [WhiteElo "196"] [BlackElo "185"] [Annotator "Frost,Bill"] [PlyCount "41"] [EventType "team"] [SourceDate "2015.11.07"] [WhiteTeam "Exmouth"] [BlackTeam "Newton Abbot"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 {The Winawer Variation which often produces the liveliest games in the French.} 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Qa5 7. Bd2 Qa4 8. Qg4 {Having already given up his black square bishop, the kingside in general and g-pawn in particular becomes vulnerable.} g6 9. Ra2 Nc6 10. Nf3 Bd7 11. Qf4 h6 12. h4 Rh7 13. Bd3 c4 14. Be2 O-O-O 15. Nh2 Nce7 16. Ng4 Nf5 17. Nf6 Nxf6 18. exf6 g5 19. Qe5 Nxh4 {An exchange sacrifice wins the game immediately} 20. Rxh4 $1 gxh4 21. Bf4 {and White has 2 squares to mate on.} 1-0 [Event "Devon Div. 1 Bremridge Cup"] [Site "?"] [Date "2015.11.07"] [Round "?"] [White "Fraser, J."] [Black "Underwood, J."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B99"] [WhiteElo "176"] [BlackElo "186"] [PlyCount "28"] [EventType "team"] [SourceDate "2015.11.07"] [WhiteTeam "Newton Abbot"] [BlackTeam "Exmouth"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Be7 8. Qf3 Qc7 9. O-O-O Nbd7 10. g4 h6 11. Bxf6 Bxf6 12. h4 Qb6 13. Nb3 Qc7 14. Nd4 Qb6 { At this point hostilities promptly ceased and a draw was agreed.} 1/2-1/2 [Event "Devon Div. 1 Bremridge Cup"] [Site "?"] [Date "2015.11.07"] [Round "?"] [White "Martin, Steve"] [Black "Thynne, Trefor F"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B50"] [WhiteElo "184"] [BlackElo "167"] [PlyCount "51"] [EventType "team"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 d6 4. h3 Nf6 5. Bc4 e6 6. O-O Be7 7. a3 O-O 8. Re1 a6 9. d4 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Bd7 11. Be3 Qc7 12. Qe2 b5 13. Bb3 Rac8 14. Rad1 Na5 15. Bg5 Rfe8 16. f4 Nxb3 17. Nxb3 Bc6 18. Nd4 Bb7 19. Kh1 h6 20. Bh4 {All fairly conventional so far, but now Black opens up the game, and some precise calculation is needed.} Nxe4 21. Nxe6 ({Fritz recommends} 21. Nxe4 Bxh4 22. Qg4 {if} Bxe1 23. Nf6+ Kh8 24. Nxe8 Rxe8 25. Rxe1 Kh7 26. Kh2 {leaving White a pawn down.}) 21... Bxh4 22. Nxc7 Ng3+ 23. Kh2 Rxe2 24. Nxe2 Nxe2 25. Rxe2 Rxc7 26. Rxd6 {Materially approximately level, but a pair of bishops can prove very strong if they can coordinate their threats, so in view of this uncertainty a draw was agreed.} 1/2-1/2 [Event "Devon Div. 1 Bremridge Cup"] [Site "?"] [Date "2015.11.07"] [Round "?"] [White "Wensley, Oliver E"] [Black "Ramesh, Vignesh"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C57"] [WhiteElo "170"] [BlackElo "143"] [PlyCount "71"] [EventType "team"] [SourceDate "2014.02.02"] [WhiteTeam "Exmouth"] [BlackTeam "Newton Abbot"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 b5 {This constitutes the tricky Ulvestad Variation of the 2 Knights Defence, named after the American Olaf Ulvestad who analysed it in Chess Life in 1941, in which Black gambits his b-pawn to get quicker piece development.} 6. Bf1 {Probably the more circumspect option.} ({If} 6. Bxb5 Qxd5 7. Bxc6+ (7. Nc3 Qxg2 8. Qf3 Qxf3 9. Nxf3 Bd7 {etc.}) 7... Qxc6 8. O-O) 6... Nxd5 7. Bxb5 Ndb4 {Completely new territory for White, who has no idea of the extent of Black's book knowledge, though suspecting it might be the greater, or he wouldn't have played 6...b5} 8. Bxc6+ Nxc6 9. d3 Bc5 10. O-O O-O 11. Ne4 Bb4 12. Bg5 f6 13. Bd2 Bxd2 { Black is ceding his positional advantage with this exchange.} 14. Nbxd2 Rb8 15. Nb3 f5 16. Nec5 {An excellent outpost for the knight.} Qg5 17. Qf3 Qg6 18. c3 f4 19. h3 Bf5 20. Rad1 Rbd8 21. Rd2 Ne7 22. Rfd1 Nd5 {This position and the ensuing skirmish is critical, and White miscalculates, losing a piece.} 23. Nb7 $2 {Moving his well-placed knight to chase shadows.} e4 24. dxe4 Bxe4 25. Qg4 Nf6 26. Qxg6 Rxd2 27. Qxg7+ Kxg7 28. Rxd2 Bxb7 {Leaving Black with the far inferior pawns structure but a bishop by way of compensation.} 29. Nc5 Bd5 30. Rxd5 Nxd5 31. Ne6+ Kf7 32. Nxf8 Kxf8 33. Kf1 Nb6 34. Ke2 Na4 35. Kf3 Nxb2 36. Kxf4 {Black was sufficiently wary of the 3-1 pawn majority to offer a draw, which was happily accepted.} 1/2-1/2 [Event "Devon Div. 1 Bremridge Cup"] [Site "?"] [Date "2015.11.07"] [Round "?"] [White "Brooks, Paul"] [Black "Abbott, Mark V"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A57"] [WhiteElo "158"] [BlackElo "178"] [PlyCount "135"] [EventType "team"] [SourceDate "2014.02.16"] [WhiteTeam "Newton Abbot IV"] [BlackTeam "Exmouth IV"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. Qc2 e6 5. e4 bxc4 6. Bxc4 exd5 7. exd5 Be7 8. Nf3 O-O 9. O-O Bb7 10. Nc3 d6 11. Bf4 Nbd7 12. Rad1 Nb6 13. b3 a5 14. a4 Nxc4 15. bxc4 Nh5 16. Bd2 g6 17. Rb1 Bc8 18. Rb3 Bf5 19. Ne4 Nf6 20. Nxf6+ Bxf6 21. Qc1 Re8 22. Bc3 Bd7 23. Ra3 Rb8 24. Nd2 Bxc3 25. Qxc3 Rb4 26. Rfa1 Re2 27. Qd3 Qe8 28. Kf1 Re7 29. Nb3 {White offers a draw.} Qd8 30. Nd2 Bf5 31. Qc3 Qb6 32. h3 Bd7 33. R3a2 {White offers a draw again.} Re8 34. Ra3 Rb2 35. R3a2 Rb4 36. Ra3 Bc8 37. R3a2 Ba6 38. Ra3 Bxc4+ $1 39. Kg1 {The knight is tied to d2.} ({if } 39. Nxc4 Rb1+ {and White must give his queen to avoid mate.}) 39... Bxd5 40. Nf3 {Having now won 2 pawns, Black is naturally keen to simplify} Bxf3 41. Qxf3 Rb1+ 42. Kh2 Rxa1 43. Rxa1 Qb2 44. Rd1 Qe5+ 45. g3 Kg7 46. Rd5 Qe2 47. Qc3+ f6 48. Rd2 Qa6 49. Rd3 Re6 50. Re3 Rxe3 51. Qxe3 {The final stage of the game begins.} Qb7 52. Qe2 Qc7 53. Qc4 Qc6 54. Qe6 Qc7 55. Qc4 Kf8 ({At the cost of one of his 2 extra pawns Black could go on to the front foot.} 55... d5 56. Qxd5 c4 {But there's still a mighty lot of play left in it and very little time in which to work it all out.} {e.g.} 57. Qd2 c3 58. Qc2 Qc4 59. Kg1 h5 60. h4 f5 61. f3 Qb4 62. Kf1 Qb2 63. Qe2 c2 64. Qe7+ Kh6 65. Qf8+ Kh7 66. Qe7+ Qg7 67. Qe1 g5 68. hxg5 Qxg5 69. f4 Qf6 70. Qc1 Qc3 71. Ke2 Kg6 72. Kf1 Qd3+ 73. Kf2 Qd1 74. Qe3 Qd7 75. Qc3 Qxa4 76. Ke3 Qe4+ 77. Kd2 Qb4 78. Qxb4 axb4 79. Kxc2 h4 80. gxh4 Kh5 81. Kb3 Kxh4 82. Kxb4 Kg4 83. Kc4 Kxf4 84. Kd4 Kf3 {etc.}) 56. Qe6 Qe7 57. Qc4 Kg7 58. Qa6 Qc7 59. Qc4 Kf8 60. Qe6 Qe7 61. Qc8+ Kg7 62. Qa6 Qc7 63. Qc4 h5 64. Kg1 Qb6 65. Qe6 Qb1+ 66. Kg2 Qf5 67. Qe7+ Kh6 68. Qf8+ { Anyway, the draw was enough to decide the match.} 1/2-1/2 [Event "Devon Div. 1 Bremridge Cup"] [Site "?"] [Date "2015.11.07"] [Round "?"] [White "Wilby, Rob"] [Black "Scott, Christopher J"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A06"] [WhiteElo "142"] [BlackElo "149"] [PlyCount "11"] [EventType "team"] [SourceDate "2014.02.02"] [WhiteTeam "Newton Abbot VI"] [BlackTeam "Exmouth VI"] 1. b3 d5 2. Nf3 c5 3. Bb2 Nc6 4. e3 Bg4 5. Be2 e6 6. O-O {Both scoresheets are either illegible or illogical beyond this point.} 1/2-1/2